Portuguese Water Dog Wanted!

Send Pets EcardsBow to Bo! Since the Obama kids got Bo, Portuguese water dogs are the current favorites and all over the headlines! Rachael, my niece, has a pup named Max. After she saw snaps of the Obama kids with the Portuguese water dog, Rachael wanted one as well. It’s come on me to find her one and I’m at my wits end trying to figure out how I’m gonna do that. I’m in a real fix and I really don’t want to disappoint her. Do you have any ideas how I can get her a Portuguese water dog? Folks, your inputs are desperately needed!


27 thoughts on “Portuguese Water Dog Wanted!

  1. I think that you should ask your vet .I am sure that he could introduce you to people that have Portuguese water dogs for sale.Plus the fact that the dog will be examined by your vet and you would be sure about it’s health.

  2. B. Have you checked any of the local animal shelters or on-line kennels or the newspaper in the want ads? Might be a good start. good luck! I am such a dog person. L.

  3. Hi Bob,
    Since you are in the great State of NY. Contact Senitor Ted Kennedy as he got the dog for the Obama kids. He raises them I believe. Good luck getting one for your niece. Have a great day and keep up the good work. I appreciate you. My Son lives in the great State of NY.

  4. There are many ways to find the right dog for anyone. If someone wants a shelter/second home dog, but want a specific breed, there are organizations that ‘home’ those–breed rescue can be googled for any state. They are usually very thorough about screening potential homes as they truly want that dog to have a ‘forever’ home.
    As for purebred vs. rescue–that is an individual decision that needs to be made by each person. I know many people that have done shelter rescue as well as breed rescue for many years and ended up with nice family pets. A great many of these people have also purchased a purebred puppy from a reputable breeder. A good breeder will have health checks and guarantees on their dogs and won’t mind answering questions from potential owners. What I am disappointed in with the ‘white house’ dog is that from what I’ve read, the only reason they got a dog is because ‘that was the thing to do’. Bad reason in my book.
    Enjoy reading your newsletter.

  5. I don’t think you should get your niece a dog just because the Obama kids have one, that’s a poor reason. She already has a pup which needs her attention and love. The shelters are full of dogs that have been originally taken home on a whim…

  6. I firmly believe in adopting a pet rather than paying a breeder. Shelter dogs, young or old, deserve a home. And they were never created for sheer profit!

  7. I am very upset that they didn’t rescue a dog more reason that they have the money to properly care for a recue dog the satisfaction is like no other… who care that they can afford to purchase a pup or it is a gift I think they should be making a statment to the rest of the world that this is the proper thing to do I am very dissapointed in them….. nancy

  8. This is one problem with a celebrity dog. Everyone wants one whether that breed will fit in with their family or not. Have your niece do some research on the breed before she makes her final decision. Then if she still wants one, have her contact a breeder. Senator Ted Kennedy might be able to help her find one. But she must be prepared to answer questions about why she wants one and how she plans to take care of it. If the Portuguese Water Dog is the right dog for her, they will then help her get one.


  9. I am also a strong believer in adopting a pet from a rescue, shelter, etc. We recently adopted two beautiful lab/golden mixes from a rescue in our area. They are brother and sister and the rescue didn’t want to seperate them. They are absolutely wonderful. I love and missed waking up giggling and wouldn’t trade them for the world.

    Adopt a pet everyone!

  10. Until my back became disabled to the point I can’t bend and chase a little one to care for them properly, I have fostered dogs for several of the rescues in this area.
    The three dogs I have now are rescues I took as fosters, and couldn’t part with when it came time to go to adoption clinic.
    The last three or four groups of dogs I have had started out as dogs I fostered, found and couldn’t find their owners, or took because someone else found them, or their owners no longer wanted them.
    We are limited in Irving to no more than four animals, that are permanent residents of the home.
    My dogs I kept have helped me welcome and train the rescues I take in. they actually meet us at the door, when I bring them home, make the stranger dog feel at ease, wnether it is a baby or an adult dog. They show them the water and food bopwls, and where the doggy door is. Theyt were once abandoned, so they know how it feels.
    I have owned high dollar registered dgs, some of Championship bloodlines, and ribbon takers in their own right.
    I have had dogs with a micture of so many bloodlines that you couldn’t tell what the heck they had in them.
    I am 74 years old, and my dad, an old country Vet, taught me to take care of my own animals when I was 3 years old.
    My first joined-at-the-hip pet I had was a little Chihuahua named Corky. I was small enough that Corky was a medium sized dog to me. I helped with the baby pigs, goats and anything else we aquired. I have had well over a hundred dogs as pets, and quite a fwq cats. I have never had a dumb animal. Even the little runt of the litter baby pig I had when I was about 5.
    Animals are so much smarter than people think they are.
    Dogs will give you a more loyal and pure love than even your spouse or children, because they become a soul mate to you.
    Pure bred or mongrel ( purebred curbstone setters), give them the love and l;oyalt tyou give to your best friend and your loved ones, and that is what you get in return. Neither is any smarter than the other. Like humans in your life, they will all have different personality traits and gifts, but unless you are dumb and don’t learn how they perceive things ( same with humans) they will not turn on you.
    I have trained dozens of dogs for obedience and show, in addition to training my own dogs. I have trained dogs whose owners got bitten every time they handled them. I have been bitten or had my skin broken in anger from any animal, not even an injured one I have stopped to help .
    They know there is no harm in me to them, and I know what they see as aggression, so I don’t make that mistake.
    Aggreessive dogs are that way because they are Taught to be aggressive, or because they were owned by an idiot that doesn’t understand dogs.

    What I am saying really is, go with the dog you make eye contact with and you choose each other.
    If you like the looks of a particular breed, and want a purebred, search the web for rescues for that breed.
    Almost every breed there is has a rescue group somewhere in this country, many in most cases.
    People will pay big bucks for a dog and mistreat it, or just get tired of having a pet.
    DON’T expect to take a dog into your home, and expect it to behave the way you want it too without taking the time and effort to teach it what you want.
    If you don’t train a child, you raise a hellion. If you don’t train an animall you raise a problem.
    They want to please you and have a loving ,happy home for the rest of their life. YOU have to show them what the rules are, and insist that they be family members, NOT the alpha ( boss) in the household.
    Don’t break their spirit any more than you would break a child’s spirit.
    Dogs and even cats are MUCH easier to train than children, learn faster, remember it better and rebel less. I know!! I raised 4 children and 2 of my grandchildren.
    Take the same care of their health as you take of your other family mambers, and set down rules to be followed. Let ehm know what you expect of them, teach them in a firm but loving way, and they will obey the rules, and except, because they are so much the same kind of people humans are, they will sometimes kick over the traces a little and try to see if they can get away with stealing a steak off the table or a just finished cake.
    Be a loving, forgiving parent. Raise a loving and obedient furry child, and they will lay down their life for you.
    No purer love will you ever have, no matter if it is a high dollar purebred or a curbstone setter, and no matter if it’s coat looks like gold sparkling in the sun, or a mop that was styled with an eggbeater.
    My dogs live in the house with us. My children and grandchildren never had a balnkie or beddyboo that was made of fiber. They had a real live warm one to snuggle up to, or at least it was on it’s own bed beside their’s. We never had to deal with night terrors or monsters in the closet. Their protection was right there beside them.
    If you have fierce guard dogs, you have dogs that will bite the wrong person and get you sued. If you have a loyal family member who is properly accustomed to people, you are as safe as if you had an armed body guard, who will only attack whom means harm to you.
    Find dogs that you like the looks of, pick the one you make a heart connection with.
    This is long, but I cannot describe dogs in a short sentence or two.

  11. When the movie 101 dalmations came that was all the rage at the time. Then there were to many. When the hoopala is over ,as it will be you will find a lot without a home. I understand about children “BUT I WANT IT NOW”. Shelters, humane orginizations, ect. are bursting at the seams with many homeless amimals that need homes and love. We searched for 8 monthsto find a corgi, he was a 950 mile round trip to get him. His love and loyalty has made the effort worthwhile. Please think twice about supporting a puppy mill, they should be called torture chambers.

  12. I just brought my 4th Miniature Schnauzer home last month who was rescued from a puppy mill along with 140 other dogs. She is precious and responds so much to love. She spent the first 6 (approx.) years in a wire care not taken care of & just having puppies. I am so lucky to have this girl named Jamie

  13. About adopting vs buying from stores / breeders: we’ve done both over the years. We are now owned by three ‘rescues’ who are all dachshunds or mixes therewith. One of them actually bit me at the shelter…but I count it as my fault and adopted him anyway. He’s a joy to us, but I’m sure he wouldn’t have been adopted ’cause his fur is very wirey, and he’s kinda scarey looking. For twenty years, we always bought full doxies, like with papers…not to show, but to be part of the family.

    So here’s the kicker, and what most people need to hear over and over: It’s not where or from whom you obtain your pet, it’s understanding the issues they can have or develop and how to be a good, responsible pet owner. Read / watch Cesar Milan over and over, and don’t try to rationalize your own shortcomings, or try to treat them like children. THEY ARE NOT!!! That doesn’t mean you can’t love them. It just means you need to give them what they need: rules, boundaries, limitations, exercise, leadership…..and THEN affection.
    You also have to consider your circumstances in the household in choosing the right dog to match them. You may go to the shelter and interact with many dogs, and never find the right match for your situation. This is an area that is so difficult and overlooked, but many people in the shelters are trained to look for that. Problem is, they can only go so far, and it is the adopter who must take the responsibility.
    Dogs need challenges, walks, other exercises, and not to be treated like spoiled brat kids (of which I have three also), (not spoiled, just kids). I love the ‘dog training’ classes, which don’t go nearly far enough, and should be called ‘dog owner training’ classes. But how many people would pay for what they think they already know?

    Cheers! Woof!

  14. I am all for adopting dogs and other animals from shelters, but some of my friends were not able to do this because:
    1. The shelter would not let someone adopt a dog if someone was not home all day – you can’t work and adopt.
    2. The shelter would not let someone adopt a cat if they planned to de-claw it.
    There are at least these 2 animals that could have had a home if the shelter’s rules were different.

  15. This is silly! Yes, it’s good to adopt pets from shelters. And everyone has the right to aquire a well bred pet if they choose! Some people do better with certain breeds than others and have every right to buy those. Or one where they can know it’s blood line or breeding.
    It’s no one else’s business! Mind your own biz and leave others alone to mind theirs! It’s called Freedom, the American Way! Why folks think they have the right to comment on every detail of other’s lives is beyond me. But then I Do Not subscribe to all those celebrity mags and papers that exist from detailing someone’s dress or hairdo like it is national news! Sheez!
    How far we’ve fallen as a society!

  16. Buying pups or adopting them? The same really. Both ways you are buying the dog. Both ways CAN be good. Buy (adopt) ONLY from a reputable breeder and or adopt from your local shelter a mixed breed. Both make wonderful friends. Why not do both so when you are at school or work, they have each other. They are never lonely….It does cost more to have 2 dogs but with just a little sacrifice from our personal “needs”, everyone can afford 2. Remember pure bred or mix, they all need YOU!

  17. In regards to buying Rachel a specific breed of dog, I would like to say that one should ALWAYS investigate the breed. “Dogs 101” is a great show to learn about the different breeds, how active they are and their general personalities and how they would do with your particular life style and personality. The main thing is that everyone find the right dog or dogs for them. Everyone is different and so are the animals. I am happy that the Obama’s seriously looked into several breeds before ok-ing the “gift” of their new family member. Be responsible ……

  18. Never buy any animal because it is the “in” thing. Portuguese Water Dogs are high energy and work intensive. Remember all the Dalmations that ended up being dumped in shelters and put down after the 101 Dalmations fever died down and people realized just how high energy/high maintenance those cute little pups became? I suggest you tell your niece to research any dog thoroughly before making a purchase or picking one from a shelter. Cute won’t cut it for long if you get a dog that doesn’t fit your lifestyle or your home space and that isn’t fair for either you or the dog.

  19. ‘Couldn’t find any other place to address this one: re: Eleanor’s take on the Biden pup versus the Obama pup.

    Look, the Obama pup was not really what you could call an “adoption” or a “rescue.” The litter was, after all, a purebred litter from a breeder who was an Obama supporter and named the litter the “Hope and Change” litter. C’mon, get real. It was a set up to get the Pres. a dog like Kennedy’s while still making it look like they were not reneging on their “adoption /rescue from a shelter” promise. The pup was purchased and returned under questionable circumstances to coincide with the Obama puppy search deadline. Kennedy took it home to have it professionally trained for a month prior to sending it on to the Obamas. All in all, I view Biden’s choice as the more honest and straightforward path to the dog they wanted. It’s silly to play games with public perception and cast the Obama pup as a “rescue” or a “better” deal than Bidens’. The Obama dog was never in danger of ending up in a shelter because reputable breeders include a clause in their contracts stating that the puppy be returned to the breeder if it doesn’t work out.

  20. I think it is great that some people choose to get dogs from shelters, but I have no problem with people adopting a specific dog if that is their heart’s desire. Isn’t having a choice part of what living in a free country is all about?

  21. I see no problem in his getting a pup ( and from a best friend and supporter, as it happenned with the President).
    I’ll tell you why:
    I had 2 cocker spaniels when I was asked by my vet to help him save another,a pure breed female who had been abandoned because she was very sick,and in our country,the shelters (don’t even deserve the name!) have no budget for that, which it is something we’ve been fighting for ,for a long time.
    End of story,after 3 months of some investment from my part,and dedication from the vet,I brought home a skinny and hairless ( because of chemo) black and white girl,and in 2 more months she was the most beautiful black and and white cocker.I had NO TIME to neuter her… my golden one got her first!
    The litter was amazing,and I gave every one to close friends,except for a totally black one,who’s with us ever since.
    I am sure mr.Kennedy had the same thought : to please a good friend!
    Your country has all the resources to run shelters,and make placements!

  22. I know here in Canada you have to paaround 3 – 4 hundred dollars for a dog you get from the pound here.So it better to buy from a breeder and then you know what you are getting for aprox. the same money. thanks .. Sue

  23. Isn’t it much cheaper to adopt a pup or dog from a shelter? I wanted to adopt this stray that hangs around my house. It has a skin disease (mange?) but I can’t get anyone to help me catch it and bring it to the vet for treatment. Even the local pound wouldn’t, saying it was contagious and would infect the other dogs. I agree with those saying it is better to study the breed before getting one just because it’s fashionable. At the height of the dalmatian movie, we got a dalmatian pup that we had to give away when it got bigger because it was too energetic for us. We got a Jack Russell pup because my aunt raved about how smart the one on “Frasier” was but had to give it away because it scared my 6-year-old son with its hyperactivity. However, we’ve had two Belgian malinois for years and one Rottweiler. These are not for people looking for gentle, mild-mannered dogs! They are intelligent and excellent guard dogs (the Belgians have strong legs and can leap over a fence their own height, the Rottweiler has a powerful body that can drag a grown man around) and gentle to their owners but fierce toward everyone else. They run around in our yard, not in the house because they would gobble up everything in sight with their big appetites! Recently, we were gifted with a Shih Tzu pup, and it is perfect for my kids, they love it. Just watch your toes because the pups love to nibble – make sure it has a chew toy and rabies shots!

  24. I agree that adopting shelter dogs is great. And that not supporting the puppy mills is the way to go. But, what happens to all of the puppy mill dogs? Where do they go? Sometimes I think it’s a good idea to buy or adopt one of those to save it from the horrible living conditions.

  25. I would rather adopt a dog than buy one myself. Our local shelters don’t dispose of dogs or cats, but keep them until someone adopts them.

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